The founder and CEO of the investigative group Project Veritas, James O’Keefe, denounced that the FBI and the Southern District of New York raided the homes of his journalists following the alleged theft of the diary of Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden.
“They don’t want me to defend myself and immediately tried to silence me. That’s why the cover letter for the Grand Jury Subpoena we received contains this language,” O’Keefe stated on his organization’s website on Nov. 5.
The official statement says, “The Government hereby requests that you voluntarily refrain from disclosing the existence of the subpoena to any third party,” and argues that if known, it “might interfere with and impede the investigation.”
However, what made O’Keefe decide to publish the subpoena was the inquiries the New York Times made of its reporters only an hour after the FBI had raided the home of one of them, causing him to question the confidentiality of the Grand Jury.
At issue is the offer to Project Veritas by individuals of a copy of a diary purportedly belonging to Ashley Biden, which they said contained “explosive allegations against then-candidate, Joe Biden.”
The holders of the diary acted through lawyers. After investigators obtained the copy, they ethically decided not to disclose the contents and turned it over to the FBI to return it to its alleged owner, O’Keefe said.
Although the journalists investigated the document’s origin, they could not be sure of the content’s veracity nor whether the events exposed therein actually occurred. In addition, Ashley Biden’s lawyer refused to authenticate it.
Now, the Biden administration is investigating the case, prompting O’Keefe to say, “in what world is the alleged theft of a diary investigated by the President’s FBI and his Department of Justice? A diary! This federal investigation smacks of politics.”
He adds, “Project Veritas never threatened or engaged in any illegal conduct. Should the Southern District of New York try to take away our First Amendment rights to uncover and publish newsworthy stories without government intimidation, be assured, Project Veritas will not back down.”
He also emphasizes, “Project Veritas will run from nothing, and we will hide from nothing.”
“That is why I’m calling on all Americans, and especially all journalists, to stand with us for the right to free speech, the free press, and to send a message that the politics of fear will not prevail in the United States of America,” O’Keefe concludes.
According to a report mentioned by the New York Post, “… another conservative website ran dozens of handwritten pages from it on Oct. 24, 2020, ahead of the presidential election, according to the report.”
It also added that Project Veritas possessed audio, in which Ashley Biden admitted that it belonged to her.